Where to buy castanyes and moniatos in Barcelona – A guide to chestnut-roasters in Barcelona

All over the world, the 31stof October and the 1stand 2ndof November hold special significance for many different people and cultures. From Halloween to All Saints Day, it’s a holiday celebrating by many. And although Halloween is getting more and more popular in Catalonia, the region’s local traditions still hold strong. 

This holiday represents a time for intimate family gatherings, for paying respect to those who are no longer with us and for enjoying age-old traditions and recipes. Known as the holiday of la Castanyada (literally ‘The Festival of Chestnuts”), the first days of November are a special time for all Catalans. If you’d like to read more about the origins of this custom, read our articleto discover how this festival came to be what it is today.

At this time of year, the flavours of autumn take on a new meaning in Catalonia and become the protagonist of this holiday. You’ll see how the old and young alike come together to enjoy a range of autumnal treats that we’ll share with you today. Discover them here!

As the cold sets in and the nights become longer, the smell of roasted castanyes (chestnuts) and moniatos(sweet potatoes) fills the streets of Barcelona.

There are around 30 stalls located around the city that sell these roasted delights. Many belong to local chestnut roasters whose task and dedication has been passed down to them over generations. 

What’s more, during this season you will also find typical panellets. These sweet, sugary delicacies boast flavours of almond, marzipan and pine nuts, and are one of the most popular treats to be savoured during this holiday season. Discover our recipe with step-by-step instructions for how to make them here.

Where to buy castanyes and moniatos in Barcelona

We’ve put together this small guide to the chestnut-roasters of Barcelona. Visit these renowned street stalls where you can try roasted moniatos and castanyes until your heart’s content. 

Wherever you choose to spend your time in Barcelona, make sure to indulge in the flavours of this holiday and join the locals in celebrating this special festival.

Where to buy castanyes in Example

  • Passeig de Sant Joan, 2
  • Rambla de Catalunya, 2
  • Carrer d’Aribau, 2

Where to buy castanyes in Les Corts

  • Carrer de Déu i Mata, 49
  • Avinguda Diagonal, 589
  • Avinguda Diagonal, 668

Where to buy castanyes in Ciutat Vella

  • Ronda de Sant Pau, 76 
  • Passeig Joan de Borbó, 1
  • Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 16

Where to buy castanyes in Sants – Montjuïc

  • Carrer de Vilà i Vilà, 101
  • Carrer de Creu Coberta, 24
  • Plaça de Sants, 1

Where to buy castanyes in Sant Martí

  • Carrer de Pallars, 63
  • Rambla del Poblenou, 57
  • Rambla del Poblenou, 124
  • Avinguda Diagonal, 26

Where to buy castanyes in Sarrià – Sant Gervasi

  • Carrer Major de Sarrià, 1
  • Plaça d’Adrià, 1
  • Plaça de Joaquim Folguera, 3

Where to buy castanyes in Horta – Guinardó

  • Carrer del Tajo, 39

Discover the taste of autumn in Barcelona! However you decide to celebrate this upcoming holiday, don’t forget to delight your taste buds while exploring the city. 

And if you’re looking a place to stay during your trip, we have a range of exclusive holiday apartments to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

The 8 most traditional bars in Barcelona

If you’re looking to really get to know Barcelona during your stay, where better place to do so than in its oldest and most typical bars. Before becoming the cosmopolitan melting pot it is today, Barcelona was littered with simple bars serving home-cooked food and local spirits.

Many of these spots still stand to this day, and despite their often dark-looking interior, you’ll soon discover they are warm and welcoming.  From classic bodegas to traditional watering holes, we’ve hand picked selection of the best traditional bars in Barcelona that have withstood the test of time. 

Bodega Pàdua 

To the north of the city, this bar has been standing since 1949 and is well known among locals. If you don’t mind taking a detour, this typical bodega promises the best Catalan dishes at a very affordable price.  Pull up a wooden chair, take in the strange and wonderful decoration and order a glass of homemade vermouth.

Quimet & Quimet

Just a short walk from Plaça Espanya, this family-run bar exudes tradition. With space for less than 30 patrons, make sure you get there early to grab a spot at the bar. With a huge selection of wine, conservas (conserved tinned food) and montaditos (small sandwiches), you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Els 4 Gats

Perhaps the most famous of Barcelona’s traditional bars, Els 4 Gats (The Four Cats) was frequented by Hemingway, Dalí and Picasso (who even designed the menu). The first building by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch (who also designed Casa Amatller and Casa de les Punxes), it is said to take inspiration from Paris’ le Chat Noir. Enjoy the daily set menu or drop in for a coffee or a beer. You won’t be disappointed. 

Bodega La Puntual 

Located in the heart of El Born, this spacious bodega finds the perfect balance between traditional Catalan tapas and that contemporary touch. Despite being a little on the expensive side, the quality of its dishes makes up for it. You’re sure to love the patatas bravas and the octopus!

El Xampanyet

Right next door to La Puntual is most possibly Born’s most famous bar: El Xampanyet. Known for its sparkling wine and tapas and given its proximity to the Picasso museum, it’s often packed with tourists and locals alike. Grab a stool at the bar to order a drink and few tapas, or join the queue for a table to order from the menu. 

La Bodega d’en Rafel

Tucked away in the charming neighbourhood of San Antoní, not far from the San Antoní market, you’ll find this simple, life-long bodega. Here you’re sure to get great service and great food, including fried anchovies, padrónpeppers and snails. If you’re looking for a buzzing, local atmosphere, drop by during the weekend at lunchtime – just don’t expect to get a seat!

Bodega Electricitat 

Right by La Barceloneta Market, this no-frills bar stands out thanks to its curious name and huge red sign. Called the “electricity” bar as it is located in the building that used to supply electricity to the neighbourhood, its marble tables and barrels of wine really make this a unique place to refuel.

Bodega Lo Pinyol

Found in Gràcia, not too far from Passeig de Gràcia, Lo Pinyol is a curious bodega with three different spaces. With a selection of local wines and pinchos, and even shelves stacked with books to exchange, this bodega’s tranquil atmosphere and low lighting make it perfect for romantic evenings or catching up with friends.

If the walls of these bars could talk, they would be sure to tell many a story from over the hundreds of years their doors have been open.  Take in their history as you enjoy local atmosphere, fantastic tapas and a selection of traditional drinks. 


9 Sports Bars in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city that has it all: history, culture, beach, nature and, not forgetting, a healthy love for all types of sport. Tourists visit this cosmopolitan hub from all around the world, and many share Barcelona’s passion for its local team. Whether football, basketball, athletics or more, you’ll find a multitude of sports bars in the city showing both local and international matches, cups and tournaments.

La Pròrroga

So, just because you’re on holiday it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favourite teams’ matches. Say goodbye to searching for Wi-Fi to check the latest scores and head to one of these lively sports bars in the centre of Barcelona. We’ve selected our best spots for you to stay up to date with the action among a lively crowd!

Also referred to as the sports “bodega”, La Pròrroga bar in Gràcia is a comfortable environment where you can enjoy good food and good sports. Catch the latest football, rugby or basketball game on its 125-inch screen.

C/ de les Guilleries 10

Sports Bar Italian Food

The name says it all. Look no further for some of the best homemade pizza and pasta in Barcelona, with great service and at affordable prices. Enjoy the latest matches surrounded by several screens and locals and tourists alike. 

c/ Ample 51

L’Ovella Negra Marina

If you’re looking for an animated crowd to cheer along with, L’Ovella Negra is the place to be. Enjoy its several screens, very lively atmosphere and huge barrels of beer to share! Get there early to secure a seat in the front row or to play a game of pool while you wait for the game to start.

C/ Zamora 78

Michael Collins

Like all big cities, Barcelona has its fair share of Irish pubs showing everything from Champions League finals to Wimbledon. Our favourite is Michael Collins located right by the Sagrada Familia. After a tour of this Gaudí icon, slip into its warm, cosy interior and pull up a chair by the big screen.

C/ Plaça de la Sagrada Família, 4

CocoVail

This American-style sports bar with long wooden tables, several screens and a fantastic range of craft beer on tap is located just off Passeig de Gràcia. Its tasty snack menu and selection of board games mean there’s something for everyone!

C/ d’Aragó 284

Xaica Bar

If you’re really looking for the local experience, head down to Xaica Bar on Carrer de Jovellanos. With an exquisite menu of Catalan dishes and a boisterous crowd of Barça supporters, what’s not to love!

C/ Jovellanos 7

Pasa Tapas

With a pool table, screens and a tasty selection of tapas in La Barceloneta, Pasa Tapas is a popular option to catch the latest games. What’s more, if you want to see a match that you can’t find elsewhere, just let the friendly staff know!

C/ del Dr. Aiguader, 8

Belushi’s Bar

Located a few metres off Plaça Catalunya, Belushi’s Bar with 10 plasma screens shows sport from all around the world. As the bar is part of a hostel, you’ll get the action with English commentary and in a lively, international atmosphere!

C/ de Bergara, 3

Sonora Sport Tavern

The Sonora Sport Tavern is decked out in American style décor, with a wooden bar, vintage signs and sports memorabilia. Located in Poble Nou, it’s a nice alternative outside of the city centre. We recommend its great burgers and nachos washed down with a litre of beer.

C/ de Pamplona, 96

So, pull up a stool and join in the chants among the sea of scarves and football shirts. With such a large variety of bars to choose from you can cheer on your team while you soak up the local atmosphere.  

Day Trip to Dalí Museum from Barcelona

North of Barcelona lies the sleepy town of Figueres. On first glance it may not seem that different to other Catalan towns, with its quaint squares and local cafés and restaurants. Yet this seemingly normal town is the birthplace of the master of surrealism: Salvador Dalí.

For visitors to Barcelona who wish to escape the crowds and delve into Dalí’s sublime mind, we’ve put together this small guide for a surreal day-trip for the whole family.

History of the Dalí Theatre-Museum

Dalí travelled the world as an artist, conquering Spain, France and the US, yet Figueres always held a place in his heart. It was this reason that he chose it as the home for his museum.

It was in 1974 that the town’s old theatre – which was destroyed in the Civil War – was reopened to showcase a large selection of his art. Dalí wanted a place where visitors could immerse themselves in his diverse range of work. He supervised the entire design and reconstruction to ensure his wishes were fulfilled, staying at a nearby hotel.

The result, as you will discover, was a flamboyant, indescribable space that goes beyond what any other local artist achieved. This is Dalí’s legacy as a surrealist and will surely be the most original and unique museum you ever visit.

Visiting the Dalí Theatre-Museum

From the famous eggs perched on the museum’s rooftops to Dalí’s very own black Cadillac where it rains, Dalí’s aim was to astound, amaze and amuse. 

Every room and every piece proposes a question to the visitor and we are sure you will come up with your own conclusions about Dalí’s works. Discover the Mae West room designed with the actress’s facial features. Look out for pieces dedicated to Gala, the love of his life. Stare in wonder at the Oscar statues.

A ticket to the museum cost €14 for adults and are free for under 8s. We’d recommend saving 2–3 hours for the visit to ensure you make the most of this surreal experience. Museum opening times vary depending on the season (peak season 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.) and exhibition rooms close around 15 minutes before the actual closing time. There is also the option to book a guided tour with an expert guide, who will share stories about Dalí’s life, the inspiration behind his theatre-museum and its most eccentric and bizarre pieces.

Exploring Figueres

Aside from the town’s top attraction, Figueres itself is also worth exploring. Look a little closer and you might be surprised – there is a little bit of Dalí to be found on every street corner. If you decide to stay a little longer after your surreal trip, take a wander through its cobbled streets and discover its emblematic churches, the Plaça de Gala y Salvador Dalí and the Rambla de Figueres, and the Toy Museum of Catalonia (where you will get 30% discount on entry with your Dalí theatre-museum ticket). You won’t be disappointed!

How to get there

Figueres is located close to the city of Girona and around 140 km away from Barcelona.

Getting there by public transport is relatively easy. Take the train to the Figueres-Vilafant railway station from Barcelona Sants station and, in a short journey of 55 minutes, you’ll be in Figueres. Return tickets start from €30 depending on the train service (Ave or Avant). The museum is about 10 minutes walking distance from the station.

If you prefer to take the bus, Sagalés coaches offer services from Barcelona El Prat Airport or Barcelona Estació del Nord, which take just under 3 hours. Tickets cost €20 each way and you’ll take either bus 602 or 603.

If you’ve hired a car, take motorway AP-7 towards France and take the Figueres exit. Then head towards Figueres city centre.

Check out the opening times and ticket prices, book online and find out all you need before you visit the Dalí theatre-museum here.

The Dalí museum is a flamboyant and spectacular experience not to be missed!

A tour of the Gaudí buildings of Barcelona

Barcelona is a destination known all over the world for being synonymous with the name of this epic artist and architect. He dedicated his entire life to his work and his buildings are some of Spain’s most spectacular examples of architecture. Yes, we’re talking about Antoni Gaudí – the king of modernism in Barcelona, the Catalan genius.

A trip to Barcelona would not be complete without discovering the work of an artist ahead of his time. Gaudí defied the rigidity of formal architecture until he found his own colourful, imaginative style, through which he and Barcelona flourished.

Here we have put together a guide to some of the most well-known and not so well-known Gaudí buildings in Barcelona. Discover the essence of Gaudí through his most emblematic works.

Portal Finca Miralles (1901-1902)

The Miralles gate to a no longer existing housing estate is perhaps one of Gaudí’s lesser-known designs. Between the years 1901 and 1902, Gaudí constructed the entrance and the wall that today surrounds a quiet residential area. If you’d like to admire Gaudí’s work but avoid the crowds, this is for you.

Col·legi de les Teresianes (1888–1889)

Another one of Barcelona’s better-kept secrets, this Gaudí building was first built as a Teresian nunnery. Even though the building is today a school and cannot be visited, you can still pass by this Gaudí building – inspired by a neogothic castle and religious symbolism – to catch a glimpse of its stunning exterior.

Torre Bellesguard (1900–1909)

Steeped in history and legend, this Gaudí building was constructed upon the ruins of the palace where the ancient king  “Martin the Humane” resided. Also known as Casa Figueres, this manor house captures both gothic and modernist styles.

Parc Güell (1900–1909)

Many have heard of this monumental Gaudí building and park, however few know its story. Parc Güell was originally designed to be a city-garden for the bourgeoisie of Barcelona, home to green courtyards, exquisite chapels, beautiful homes and sprawling pavilions. Despite these plans of grandeur, given its distance from the city, Parc Güell became the public park we know it as today.

Casa Vicens (1883–1888)

Located in the neighbourhood of Gràcia and only recently opened to the public, Casa Vicens is the very first of the Gaudí buildings. Built as a summerhouse for the Vicens family, this exquisite work of modernist architecture is an example of a blossoming Gaudí who aimed at bringing nature and all its splendour to the inside of his structures.

Sagrada Família (1883–1926)

It may be unfinished but the Sagrada Família is, without a doubt, the most renowned of all the Gaudí buildings. Started in 1882, Gaudí dedicated over 40 years of his live to the basilica. This icon of Barcelona and Gaudí’s greatest masterpiece is simply a must-see!

Casa Milà (La Pedrera) (1902–1912)

Known as “La Pedrera” (The Stone Quarry) due to the stony appearance of its façade, the shape of this Gaudí building is reminiscent of the sea. Over the years it has served as a consulate, an event hall and a hotel for the city’s most illustrious guests.

Casa Batlló (1906–1910)

Built on top of an already existing building, Casa Batlló is Gaudí’s most colourful and imaginative work. This Gaudí building is inspired by nature and possibly even based on the legend of Saint George and the dragon. Why not visit for yourself to find out more!

Casa Calvet (1888-1890)

Perhaps one of the subtler of the Gaudí buildings, Casa Calvet was originally built as an apartment block for Pere Mártir Calvet. The textile manufacturer commissioned Gaudí to design a space where he could live, with a ground floor dedicated to his commerce.

Palau Güell (1886–1888)

This opulent mansion built for the Gaudí’s friend Eusebi Güell is located in the heart of the district of Raval. It was opened to the public in 2011 and was the first of Gaudí’s most significant works.

Barcelona would not be the destination it is today if it weren’t for this ground-breaking modernist architect and his pioneering buildings. The above Gaudí’s buildings have become icons of Barcelona, which one is your favourite?